The Sideline – March 31

New Pal grad hot at the plate for Hoosiers

New Palestine graduate and Indiana University softball sophomore Erin Lehman is hitting .342 so far this spring for the Hoosiers. Lehman, a second baseman, has played in 27 games with 24 starts. With 25 hits, Lehman has already surpassed her hit total from her freshman season. She also has a .966 fielding percentage, with just three errors for Indiana (10-26).

Special Children’s Classic slated for Triton Central

The Special Children’s Classic basketball series featuring Hancock County All-Stars vs. Shelby County All-Stars will be held April 17 at Triton Central High School. The girls-boys doubleheader will begin at 6:30 p.m. The games benefit local charities.

Hancock County rosters and coaches have not yet been released. Waldron’s Jeff Gorrell is head coach of the Shelby boys, while Shelbyville’s Scott Larrabee will coach the Shelby girls.

Indians will open season with a bang

The Indianapolis Indians will open their 113th season at home on April 9 against Columbus. The game, starting at 7:05 p.m., will be followed by a fireworks show. In a new promotion, the Indians (Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) guarantee the outside temperature will be at least 60 degrees at game time or fans will receive a free ticket to another April game of their choice.

The first 10,000 fans will receive a free 2015 Indianapolis Indians schedule magnet.

Pacers in fight for playoffs

C.J. Miles scored the final five Indiana points and had 28 overall Sunday night to give the Pacers a 104-99 victory against Dallas — a win that put them in a tie with Boston for the No. 9 spot in the East.

The Pacers (32-41) visit current No. 8 seed Brooklyn (32-40) tonight. The Pacers’ remaining schedule:

Today at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Friday vs. Charlotte, 7 p.m.

April 5 vs. Miami, 6 p.m.

April 8 at New York, 7:30 p.m.

April 10 at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

April 12 vs. Oklahoma City, 6 p.m.

April 14 vs. Washington, 8 p.m.

April 15 at Memphis, 9:30 p.m.

National Invitation Tournament


At Madison Square Garden, New York


Miami, Fla. (24-12) vs. Temple (26-10), 7 p.m.

Stanford (22-13) vs. Old Dominion (27-7), 9:30 p.m.



Semifinal winners, 9 p.m.

Woods falls out of the top 100 in the world

VIRGINIA WATER, England — For the first time since 1996, Tiger Woods is not among the top 100 golfers in the world ranking.

Woods, who hasn’t played since he withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open on Feb. 6, fell to No. 104 this week. The last time he was out of the top 100 was on Sept. 29, 1996, when he was at No. 225. The following week, Woods won the Las Vegas Invitational as a 20-year-old for the first of his 79 PGA Tour victories.

It is not clear when Woods will return. He said in February that his scores were not acceptable and he would not play until his game was in tournament shape.

Woods is not required to announce if he is playing the Masters until the tournament starts April 9.

— The Associated Press

Prep Calendar


Baseball: Greenfield-Central at New Palestine (scrimmage), 5:30 p.m.

Softball: Greenfield-Central at New Palestine (scrimmage), 5:30 p.m.


Track: Mt. Vernon at Fishers, 5 p.m.


Softball: New Palestine at New Castle, 5:30 p.m.


Baseball: Pendleton Heights at Greenfield-Central (DH), 5:30 p.m.


Baseball: Delta at New Palestine (DH), 10 a.m.; Yorktown at Mt. Vernon (DH), 11 a.m.


Baseball: Martinsville at New Palestine, 5:30 p.m.; Greenfield-Central at Lawrence North, 5:30 p.m.

Softball: Speedway at Greenfield-Central, 5:30 p.m.

Golf: Greenfield-Central at Eastern Hancock, 4:30 p.m.